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BC-AS--Asian News Digest, AS

July 1, 2013

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KERRY

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. thinks China could have “made a difference” in the case of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden if it had returned him to America to face charges. But Kerry says the U.S.-China relationship is bigger than one incident and that the two countries cooperate on numerous issues, including North Korea. Moved. By Deb Riechmann. AP Photos.

HONG KONG-DEMOCRACY PROTEST

HONG KONG — Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers take to the streets in protest, demanding their widely disliked Beijing-backed leader resign and pressing for promised democratic reforms so they can choose their own top representative. The annual protest march has become increasingly popular in recent years, underscoring the growing gulf between Hong Kong and the mainland 16 years after the city ceased to be a British colony and came back under Beijing’s control. Moved. By Kelvin Chan. AP Photos.

AFGHANISTAN

KABUL, Afghanistan — Insurgents killed nearly 300 Afghan local and national police in a month, the Interior Ministry says, as casualties continue to mount among local forces now that NATO-led coalition troops have handed over responsibility for combat operations. Moved. By David Rising. Moved.

PAKISTAN

ISLAMABAD — Police officials say the death toll from several weekend bombings in Pakistan has climbed to 52 after three victims died overnight from their wounds. Moved. AP Photos.

VIETNAM-MISSING ARM

HANOI, Vietnam — An American doctor arrives in Vietnam carrying an unlikely piece of luggage: the bones of an arm he amputated in 1966. Dr. Sam Axelrad brought the skeletal keepsake home to Texas as a reminder that when a badly injured North Vietnamese soldier was brought to him, he did the right thing and fixed him up. The bones sat in a closet for decades, and when the Houston urologist finally pulled them out two years ago, he wondered about their true owner, Nguyen Quang Hung. Moved. By Mike Ives. AP Photos.

WITH: VIETNAM-PRISON UPRISING

MYANMAR-RELIGIOUS-VIOLENCE

YANGON, Myanmar — A tense calm returns to Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine after rioters set four houses ablaze, the latest violence between Buddhists and minority Muslims, officials say. The alleged rape of an 18-year-old woman by a motorcycle taxi driver in the coastal town of Thandwe triggered Sunday’s flare-up, police said. Moved.

CHINA-XINJIANG-EU

BEIJING — The EU’s ambassador to Beijing says China needs to release more information about recent incidents of ethnic violence in the northwestern region of Xinjiang and address underlying causes of tension with the region’s native Turkic Muslim Uighur people. Moved.

KOREAS-CYBERATTACK

SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea says personal information was stolen from its presidential website in a cyberattack last week that coincided with a shutdown of North Korean websites. Moved. AP Photos.

WITH: SKOREA-US-SCHOOLS-LOCKDOWN

CHINA-ELDERLY PARENTS

BEIJING — Mothers and fathers aren’t the only ones urging adult children to visit their parents. China’s lawbooks are now issuing the same imperative. New wording in the law requires people to visit or keep in touch with their elderly parents or risk being sued. Moved. By Louise Watt. AP Photos.

KASHMIR-PROTESTS

SRINAGAR, India — A policeman and a militant are killed in a gunbattle in Indian-controlled Kashmir, as shops and businesses remain closed in the disputed region to protest the killing of two people by the army. Moved. By Aijaz Hussain. AP Photos.

ASIA-AIDS

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — U.N. health officials urge Asian governments to get rid of what they say are punitive laws that hinder the battle against HIV and AIDS by discriminating against high-risk groups and deterring them from seeking treatment. Moved.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE:

JAPAN-ECONOMY

TOKYO — Business sentiment among major Japanese manufacturers turns positive for the first time in nearly two years, a signal that companies are reacting positively to the weaker yen and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s policies to revive the stagnant economy. Moved. AP Photos.

CHINA-MANUFACTURING

BEIJING — China’s manufacturing weakened again in June amid a credit crunch and slower U.S. and European orders, two surveys show, adding to signs that growth in the world’s second-largest economy is decelerating. Moved. By Joe McDonald. AP Photos.

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